I chose the scene “The Lost Diadem” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to focus on editing. I picked this scene partially because I love the movie, and also because it was the first one that came to mind while going over the elements of editing. Since it is a more recent film with a very high budget, the filmmakers had a lot more to work with than most other films.
Something that makes this scene so memorable is the way it smoothly transitions from Harry and Luna’s conversation, to the battle beginning outside the castle, to Voldemort beginning his attack, and then back to the castle where Harry tries to speak with Rowena. The rhythmic relation between these scenes manipulates space as it shows that the two different conversations take place far apart from each other. It gives the opportunity for an establishing shot, which is vital to this scene because it is right before the battle occurs and the audience can see Hogwart’s protection from Voldemort’s point of view. This very effectively creates the relationship between the outside and the inside of the castle. It also controls the story time because it shows two unrelated events occurring in the same scene. The way that there are faint “booms” and sparks in the background of Harry and Rowena’s conversation connects the two shots as well.
Focusing on the shots where Harry is speaking with Rowena, there are a lot of elements of editing that make what would be a boring scene, much more enjoyable to watch. Since Rowena is a ghost, she moves quickly and freely in and out of the hallway the two characters are in. Not only does this create for many different camera angles, but it emphasizes Harry’s desperation as he briskly follows her and begs for her help.
By taking a closer look at editing I was able to appreciate this movie even more. It is not just the plot and characters of a movie that are important, but how they are presented as well.